Sunday, 23 July 2017
Rukiya Safari Camp on the WildRivers reserve is our safari base, which means our guests get a unique insight into not only the leopard behaviour, but many other predators that we catch on our network of research camera traps. Spotted Hyena, Honey Badger, Civet, Genet, Jackal and of late Wild Dogs!
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
|South Africa - Land Rover 110 at Rukiya Safari Camp|
"What type of vehicles do you use on safari?"
It's a very easy one to answer. Mainly because in terms of make and style there are only a small number of 4x4's that are both up to the job and can be readily adapted for game viewing.
|India - Maruti Suzuki better know as a Gypsy|
|India - Gypsy also serves as a breakfast bar|
|South Africa - breakfast in a dry river bed|
|South Africa - Tracker seat|
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Glenburn is a heavenly plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range. Started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, Glenburn then passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families, who over the years, come to be known as the “Chaiwala family“ - which literally means “tea planters“.
The main house is a restored tea planter’s bungalow with 4 attractive suites and a romantic veranda offering exquisite views out to the Himalayas. Tucked below the hill is an additional bungalow with another 4 stunning suites and a cosy sitting room with a log fire. There's pampering service, delicious food and a choice of hikes from an hour to a day. Learn how tea is made, cross the hanging bridge into Sikkim, spot birds and butterflies, roam the estate in a 4x4, or sit and sketch the stunning landscapes. Head off to the stilted lodge, set on a private river, for lamplit dinners, stargazing or trout fishing. You’ll find privacy and inspiration here.
Thursday, 13 July 2017
For example: In South Africa, we often have lunch at Satara rest camp during a day trip in the Kruger National Park. The name Satara sounds authentically African, but actually originates from the Hindu word for seventeen. It seems the original surveyor who named the farms in the Kruger Park, had exhausted his list of possible farm names when he reached the seventeenth farm to be mapped. His Indian assistant offered up Satara and the rest is history.
Of-course one of the most well known historical figures to span the two continents was Gandhi.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (his birth name) arrived in South Africa in 1893 at the relatively tender age of 24 as a newly qualified lawyer on a temporary assignment to act on behalf of a local Indian trader in a commercial dispute. What was meant to be a short stopgap for the struggling young lawyer turned into a 21-year stay.
By the time Gandhi left South Africa for the last time in 1914, he had already earned the appellation Mahatma (or Great Soul) for his work in securing significant legal concessions for the local Indian population in South Africa.
Written by Will Fox
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
|Classroom has a new roof|
|Computers for rural schools|
|Working to prevent this happening again|
|Rescuing and relocating leopards|
|Research into leopards numbers helped to ban leopard hunting|
Written by Will Fox
Sunday, 9 July 2017
|As ever with our safaris wildlife sightings are high on the agenda|
Our overland route takes us from Johannesburg through Botswana to the Okavango Delta and then North East through the Moremi National Park and Chobe National Parks, before crossing into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls.
Although we mix and match accommodation styles along the way, including lodges and hotels, the major highlights for our guests is enjoying the freedom to travel by 4 x 4 vehicle to camp in some wild locations. The spacious roof top tents offer a comfortable nights sleep up above any animals that move through our camp at night.
|4x4 vehicles with roof top tents|
|Mokoro on the Okavango Delta|
Once we reach the Chobe river, we spend a few nights enjoying the area, including a boat trip on the river itself. Viewing game from the water is always a special time, and in this case is enhanced by the area being probably the only place in the world where you will frequently see Elephant swimming as they criss-cross the huge river.
The book is now open for our next special overland safari in May 2018, offering amazing value. CLICK HERE for more information. We have limited places available, so book now to secure your place. I'm already looking forward to leading this trip and enjoying some real safari experiences with you.
Written by Will Fox
On Track Safaris CEO
Sunday, 2 July 2017
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